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08-09-2012, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by almostawake View Post
Err, not sure where you're getting this 'rookies are cheap' idea from. The sign-ability/cost of a player is a major factor in 1st round selections for over 80% of teams in major league baseball.
They're still cheap in the grand scheme of things. At one one point the A's had Giambi, Tejada, Chavez, Zito, Mulder, and Hudson and they could afford them all because they were young and cheap. They were all playing well beyond their value while the A's had them. That's the major fallacy with moneyball, teams didn't "undervalue" Beane's players, Beane just didn't have to pay his star players what they were really worth. It works like that with hockey. You look at a guy like Eberle, he put up a monster season making just over a million dollars.

The book devotes an entire chapter to Chad Bradford and barely mentions what was arguably the best pitching rotation in baseball at the time. As much as the Sabre's want to bash old school scouting, that's what got them there. If you bring up 2 MVP's, 1 Cy Young, and a bunch of other all star caliber players within a span of 4-5 years, you're going to be good unless you really suck at filling out the roster.

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